• Aug 10th 2010 at 5:01PM
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Episode eight of the Corvette Racing series is up and this installment delves into what the team calls "cascade engineering." It covers some of the same ground we discussed back in March when we toured the Pratt & Miller race shop where the C6.Rs are built and prepared.

The race team works very closely with the production engineering team, using most of the same computer aided engineering tools, and the lessons learned from the 10 years of the race program have been fed back into street car program. Proof? The face of the C6 with its flush headlamps and wider grille opening for better breathing were all inspired by the race car. Similarly, the track-bound coupes now use a 5.5-liter version of the LS7 V8 from the production Z06. Because of the limited in-season testing available to American Le Mans Series teams, the Corvette Racing crew relies on tools like computational fluid dynamics to improve the car from race to race, which you learn more about in the video after the jump.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      "Similarly, the track-bound coupes now use a 5.5-liter version of the LS7 V8 from the production Z06."

      Pretty sure this is incorrect. When they moved down to GT2 last year, they were using a de-stroked version of the LS7. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that the current "GM 5.5L V8" (as listed on the CR site) is an entirely new and different block, and likely the one that will end up in the next road going Corvette.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Phhhhhht corvette fanboys
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uh, all cars that go into production do this. Woop dee doo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I was unaware of the extensive Camry racing program that helps develop road-going Camrys. And NASCAR doesn't count btw!
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